Mini Clubman JCW 2019 LHD rear seats

Mini Clubman review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£21,950
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Clubman is one of the pricier family cars. It trades on its premium badge credibility to go toe-to-toe with rivals such as the Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series, rather than cheaper alternatives like the Skoda Octavia. It holds on to its value reasonably well as a result, but resale values are still behind the A-Class's, though.

Stick with our suggested 1.5-litre Cooper engine and you'll get reasonable fuel consumption (officially up to 44.1mpg) and competitive CO2 emissions (from 127g/km). The Cooper D will manage better fuel consumption than that if you're a high-mileage driver, but to run one as a company car will mean incurring the four per-cent diesel surcharge on your benefit-in-kin (BIK) tax

As well as being arguably more distinctive than many rival offerings, the Clubman specialises in offering a range of personalisation options, such as contrasting colours for the roof and door mirrors. On top of that you can add a wide array of extras, including a head-up display, but most of these come as part of pricey option packs. The entry-level Classic trim with the Comfort Pack, which includes heated seats, a front centre armrest and climate control, along with the Navigation Plus Package, will give you a good equipment count for a reasonable price.  

The Clubman didn’t fare as well as some rivals in Euro NCAP crash testing, attaining a four-star rating. The Mercedes A-Class gets a much better rating. Mini also came 22nd out of 31 in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, which is better than Mercedes managed, but behind Audi, Mazda and Volkswagen. Kia and Hyundai also give you a much longer warranty than Mini's standard 36 months.

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Verdict

The Mini Clubman’s an entertaining car for those looking for cutsie looks, lots of customisation, and a smart, funky interior. It's also reasonably practical. If you value tidy handling then choose an Audi A3 instead, or if a smooth ride is your thing, a Volkswagen Golf of Mercedes A-Class.

  • Decent passenger space
  • Easy to use infotainment system
  • High-quality and funky interior
  • Doesn't steer very intuitively
  • Needs expensive option packs to make it well equipped
  • Other rivals offer greater practicality